Review: Julie Cope’s Grand Tour - The story of a Life by Grayson Perry

Image by Max McClure maxmcclure.com

Image by Max McClure maxmcclure.com

By Sarah Edmonds

Grayson Perry hardly needs an introduction. National treasure and arbiter for social anthropology in our troubled times, Perry is one of Britain’s most famous living artists (alongside David Hockney of course.) He was awarded a CBE in 2014, the Turner Prize in 2003, is a Bafta Award winner and ceramicist turned television presenter.

He is currently exhibiting The Most Popular Exhibition Ever! at The Serpentine Gallery in parallel with this exhibition - a diptych of jacquard tapestries at New Brewery Arts Centre in Cirencester. Far from being ‘out in the sticks’ the Cotswolds and - more specifically - New Brewery Arts, led by their ambitious CEO Beth Alden, had the vision to bring this touring Crafts Council exhibition right to our doorstep. Indeed, there are already links with the Essex born artist, who opened the newly refurbished arts centre in 2008. And yes, he came as his alter-ego, Claire, and was wearing his Alice in Wonderland dress and peep toe shoes.

The fictional character, Julie Cope,  is at the centre of these works, designed and made for the Essex House Tapestries, acquired by the Crafts Council Collections in 2017 and now touring the UK. They tell the story of her life – she is an ordinary Essex every-woman and seen through Perry’s eyes she is a heroic figure. She represents all women – your mother, sister, friend – but also the narrative of an average life, full of trials, tribulations, mistakes and regret. The tapestries detail the story of Julie’s life in two parts, with many obvious and more hidden social references, documenting her modest beginnings, her rise in social standing through to her final demise at the hands of a bike courier. It’s witty and tragic but ultimately positive – Julie overcomes her limitations and finds happiness and true love.  

Every detail of this exhibition has been carefully considered, from the vibrant entrance banner, instructions on how to social media share: hashtag #juliecope #graysonperry #newbreweryarts, multiple information panels and the dulcet tones of Grayson himself reading the Ballad of Julie Cope to accompany the experience. There’s a guide for young visitors (complete with spy holes and a quiz) and plenty of merchandise to round off your visit. It’s commercial, accessible and unpretentious. It is exactly what Perry strives to achieve in all his work, “to widen the audience for art without dumbing it down.”

Image by Max McClure maxmcclure.com

Image by Max McClure maxmcclure.com

The cool, dark exhibition space is a welcome retreat from this week’s heat wave. It’s a quiet cave, a place to sit, listen and reflect – a monument to a life. What would two tapestries say about my life?

What I find interesting and frankly impressive is the scale of this concept – it’s a three dimensional novel. Having created his muse, Julie Cope, the project has grown to include the building of a large chapel on the Stour Estuary at Wrabness. It’s the artist’s most ambitious project yet, on one level it is a temple to Julie, built by loving husband Rob, but also serves as a tribute to all the Essex folk that Perry grew up with. When the tour is finished, the tapestries will return to Wrabness and will always be viewed in this setting. It’s both genius and weirdly curious.

Perry has created a virtual life complete with social, political and economic identity. Julie had hopes and dreams, she did her best and made mistakes along the way – just like the rest of us. Perry details where she smoked her first cigarette as teenager, her parents Norman and June, the arrival of her daughter Elaine, Dave’s affair with Pam.....the layers in this story are staggering. Julie is a tool for a wider conversation about social mobility, personal identities, “I investigate our slippery sense of who we feel we are....the ongoing process of 'being ourselves'”.

Friends all agreed they were “A Perfect Match”

The first tapestry details Julie’s birth during the Canvey Island floods of 1953, her teenage years hanging out in Basildon, the birth of her children with her first husband Dave. It’s a deceptive portrait of the perfect aspirational family, but there are symbols and clues which point to the breakdown of their marriage. Look out for Pam, the cat, a dual reference to the popular Lloyd Webber musical popular at the time and the name of Dave’s lover. Alan Measles, his childhood teddy bear, makes an appearance and represents the only constant male figure in Perry’s life after his parents’ divorce and his mother’s subsequent affair with the abusive milkman (a cliché that Perry could never overcome.)

In Its Familiarity, Golden

In this second tapestry, Julie has developed into a mature woman with a good job and wider horizons. She’s moved to Maldon, her children are at university and she’s found Rob, “exotic, a gent with nothing to prove to other men.” It’s all going swimmingly until she is mown down by an inexperienced curry delivery driver on a moped. A tragic end to an ordinary life. The map depicts the upward shift in Julie’s life from Canvey Island, to the high rise in Basildon, terrace and finally the cottage in provincial Maldon. Look out for symbols throughout – the Duran Duran album cover sleeve on the back of a denim jacket, peace symbols on Julie’s cardigan show her new preoccupation with middle class ideologies, world peace, the plight of refugees. She dies aged 61, her social worker’s lanyard around her neck. In response to this tragedy, Rob promises to build a shrine to his beloved – a Taj Mahal for Essex – and so, ‘House for Essex’ is born.

Image by Max McClure maxmcclure.com

Image by Max McClure maxmcclure.com

Tied up in the story of Julie, Dave and Rob are historical references to the patrician art of making tapestries and the working class art of ballad-writing. Tapestry weaving saw its heyday in the 16th & 17th centuries and cost thousands of pounds, even then, meaning they were the preserve of the elite. In contrast, ballads were the cheapest and most direct way of sharing information, printed on a single sheet and pinned to the walls of the alehouse. Perry references the large tapestry maps commissioned by society gentleman Ralph Sheldon in the 1590’s – a nod to these historical documents, he hopes the Julie Cope tapestries will also be regarded as such in hundreds of years time.

The medium used to present this story is also significant in that Perry has always worked three dimensionally – using age old processes like ceramics and needlework to present modern ideas. Perry is the poster boy for contemporary craft, speaking up for the relevance of craft in the digital age - he is keen to use the latest technology to modernise his work as artists have done for centuries. The tapestries were drawn on an interactive pen display, translated into coded instructions for a digital loom by Factum Arte in Madrid, then threaded and woven by Flanders Tapestries. (The Dutch are famed for their tapestries.)

Julie Cope’s Grand Tour is a continuation of the recurring themes in his work – the big questions on life, love, death of course, but predominantly social mobility which he gently scrutinises – our consumerist, social climbing society. There is focus on finding extraordinary moments in ordinary lives, how the mainstream can often prove the most meaningful. I urge you to go and see the exhibition. You might not fully understand them, but they do pose important questions about our society, our identities, ambitions and purpose. It’s also really fun to see the work of a Turner Prize winning artist up close.

“Immediately after I won the Turner prize, a journalist asked me whether I was a serious artist or just a lovable character. My response was to say: 'I’m both.' I don’t see them as mutually exclusive. Art can be intellectually stretching, significant, moving and fun at the same time,” Perry concludes. After all, he accepted the prize on behalf of ALL artists, for ‘thirty years of hard graft’, of sticking to his guns and plugging away.....and it paid off.  

Julie Cope's Grand Tour: The Story of A Life by Grayson Perry is showing at the New Brewery Arts Centre until Sunday 16th July. Visit newbreweryarts.org.uk for further info.

Sarah Edmonds is an Italian graduate from University College London, where she also studied History of Art and a short course at Slade School of Fine Art. She's been a tour guide in Tuscany and now works in marketing for Pegasus Art in Thrupp - supplier of fine art materials @SarahWordBird

Review: Hilles Studio Collective by Leah Grant

Images by Leah Grant

You may already know of Hilles House. Perhaps you are vaguely aware of its location, conscious that it was once the home of esteemed fashion journalist and icon, Isabella Blow. Maybe you even know a little of its 100-year history, that it was designed by Detmar Jellings Blow in the Arts and Crafts style in 1913, that the architect lived by the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement and built the house with these principles in mind. You might even be aware that the Hilles estate contains an artist’s studio and that the views from both the house and this workspace offer a breath-taking panoramic of the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

I’m ashamed to say I knew very little of the property or the family who owned it when I visited on a sunny Saturday afternoon during SITE Festival’s Open Studios. What greeted me and what remained long after my visit ended, was the unassuming nature of Hilles House (despite its awe-inspiring location and illustrious interior) and the wonderful way in which the historic paintings and candid family photographs that are a permanent fixture in this beautiful home seemed to complement the contemporary art pieces produced by the Hilles Studio Collective for this special exhibition.  

From Sheridan Jones’s surreal self-portraits to the haunting figurative works of Nick Twilley, the pieces on display here are as thought-provoking as the house itself. Featuring artists (including Amaury Blow, grandson of Detmar Jellings Blow), designers and craftwork associated with Hilles, this inspiring exhibition is not only artistically progressively, but touchingly sympathetic to the area and its history.

Images by Leah Grant

Wandering through such an inspiring setting, it becomes easy to draw narrative connections between the artworks on display and the history of the Hilles estate. Perhaps the evocative pieces created by Amaury Blow touch on the house’s relationship to its surrounds, to the natural world that exists beyond the house itself. Possibly Saffron Knight’s rich fabrics take inspiration from the friendship between Detmar Jellings Blow and the celebrated 19th century textile designer William Morris; and maybe the bespoke knitwear produced by Redheart England is a nod to the house’s strong links with the fashion industry (owing to his friendship with Isabella Blow, the renowned fashion designer Alexander McQueen was a regular visitor at Hilles). Though these parallels may not have been intended on creation, they add a new level of depth to an exhibition that is already multi-dimensional.

There is obvious passion here, not just in the house and its selection of contemporary artworks, but in those overseeing the exhibition. I was kindly given a potted history of Hilles and an enthusiastic precis of the artwork on offer from Julian, the brother of Sheridan Jones who lives in a cottage on the Hilles estate. His keenness to promote Hilles was, and remains, infectious and needs to be amplified; we should all be aware of the house’s rich artistic heritage, of its links to some of the country’s finest designers and craftsmen. Hilles House is very much a staple of the Stroud Valleys art world and we should feel proud that it exists within our artistic community. Let’s hope that this beautiful estate continues to nurture and inspire local talent for many years to come.

Leah Grant is a writer and photographer with a keen interest in art and literature. On her blog, Bellyful of Art, you can find reviews of exhibitions, installations, dance performances and literary events as well as her own lovingly created pieces of short fiction artbellyful.wordpress.com

Hilles Studio Collective

From left to right: Saffron Knight, Mara Castilho, Sheridan Jones and Redheart England

Hilles House has always had a strong connection with the Arts and Crafts movement with links to Ruskin and Morris via its founder Detmar Jellings Blow. It is a place that has nurtured artistic collaboration and creative debate throughout its history.

The Hilles Studio Collective is a new group exhibition of new works featuring artists, designers and craftwork associated with Hilles House and it's landscape scheduled to take place over the two Stroud Open Studios weekends in May (6th-7th and 13th-14th). The newly formed collective is a talented and exciting group of artists, from sculpture to painting, photography, textiles, digital, video and performance. Exhibiting artists include: Amaury Blow, Mara Castilho, Redheart England, The Ark Ensemble, Colin Glen, Sheridan Jones, Saffron Knight, Kirsty Stockdale, Nick Twilley and Delight A Thief with more artists to be announced soon.

The free entry exhibition starts from 11am and runs until 7pm each day and also features live music and performances at 4pm and food and refreshment throughout the weekends.

From left to right: Amaury Blow, Colin Glen, Kirsty Stockdale and Nicholas Twilley

A Hilles Studio Supper Club will be offering a special Greek themed dinner on the 13th May in which you can expect to experience the joys of Greek music, vegetarian and meat barbeque (in a traditional Greek style), plate throwing(!) and a film screening. The supper club costs just £25 per head – book in advance by the 7th May by calling 07854332193 or 07976207530.

For news and updates follow the Hilles Studio Collective on facebook here  

Select Festival and Trail 2017: Interview Shorts

A series of interviews shorts filmed by Katie Jane Watson with artists and makers appearing at this years Select Festival and Trail:

CLEO MUSSI

Cleo Mussi creates inspiring and extraordinary work using discarded china. In this artist interview for SIT, Cleo talks about her interests in environmental issues and new work involving weeds.

Meet Cleo at Frogmarsh Mill during the Select Trail where you can buy and commission her work. The Trail is open May 6/7 & 13/14 2017 - find out more on the SIT select website here

NEIL MACGREGOR AND VALERIE MICHAEL

In this latest film on Makers and Making commissioned by SITselect for the Select Festival 2017,  Valerie Michael and Neil MacGregor talk about their work.

MacGregor & Michael create beautiful and lovingly crafted leather goods from their studio in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Meet Val and Neil in their Tetbury studio (studio 33) in May 2017 during the Select Trail where you can buy and commission their work.

JILLY EDWARDS

Jilly Edwards is a contemporary tapestry weaver. She always travels with sketchbooks, journals and reading books so she can record moments and memories, recording these responses in quick gestural marks, whether of colour, shapes, textures or words. So when she returns to the studio she has an ‘aide memoire’ to help embellish her ideas.

SIT select filmed Jilly in her new home and studio in Bristol.

Pick up a copy of this month's issue (out now) for a preview of this years Select Festival and Trail by Sarah Edmonds. 

Virtual Reality Comes to the Vatch by Rupert Howe

INDEXprojects invite you to journey through the strangely familiar from Stroud to Plymouth without leaving a barn in the Stroud valleys. Rupert Howe dons a virtual reality headset to find out how they do it...

Imagine donning a headset and entering a world which appears real, in which you can see, hear and even touch your surroundings, but is in fact a technological projection. Once the stuff of science fiction, such virtual worlds are fast becoming a reality, thanks to technological advancements such as Oculus’s gaming headset, Rift, Leap Motion’s Mobile VR platform and Google’s “augmented” eyewear, Glass, which could project overlays of weather forecasts, search results and social media alerts onto the user’s field of vision.

Such developments aren’t without their issues – Google recently halted production of Glass hardware in response to privacy and safety concerns. But virtual reality, or VR, has huge potential as an audio-visual experience, not least in the way artists create and display their artworks. This year’s SITE Festival, for instance, will feature the premiere of Corridor, a new VR-based collaboration between Stroud based INDEXprojects, who presented Siobhan Hapaska’s installation The Sky Has To Turn Black Before You Can See the Stars in the Goods Shed for SITE 2013, Plymouth’s KARST gallery and the i-DAT research lab at Plymouth University, who specialise in “playful experimentation” with creative technology.

Staged in an 18th century barn in the Slad Valley, users will don a VR headset linked to an Android smart phone and enter a mysterious corridor lined with doors which open to reveal darkened ‘gallery’ spaces. Each one contains film and video works by artists linked to INDEX and KARST, with viewers able to move within the space as if in three-dimensions. In a recent conversation, INDEX artists Ali Kayley and Helen Kincaid discussed how the project originated, what visitors to the event might expect to see and the wide-ranging creative potential currently being realised through VR technology.

 So, how did Corridor come about?

Helen Kincaid: In essence, Corridor is a virtual reality space which links Index Gallery in Stroud with our co-collaborators KARST, an artist-led gallery in Plymouth. The idea for the project came about some years ago, but had its basis in forming a network of artist-led organisations to share exhibitions. That led us to look beyond moving physical artworks in favour of collaborating in a virtual space where events could happen simultaneously regardless of geographical distance. So we took the Stroud-Plymouth journey as our starting-point, using elements of those two places to create features and experiences which occur in the ‘rooms’ which branch off from the central corridor.

Ali Kayley: We also wanted to use it as an example of what other artists could do. We chose a space that’s slightly ominous, but the next artist could choose to approach it in a completely different way.

Did either of you have previous experience with this kind of technology?

AK: No! A year ago I would never have dreamed I’d be creating a virtual reality artwork, but now I’m really energised and inspired by it. I want to make my own work in VR. So it’s been a fantastic process to get to where we are now, exhibiting in this 18th century barn in the countryside near Stroud with the most modern, up-to-date technology there is. It’s very exciting.

The contrast between a historical building and these digital artworks is part of the project, then?

AK: Kind of, because we’re based in Stroud and have previously used the barn for exhibitions. So there was always the possibility we could create that lovely juxtaposition between the brand new and the ancient.

What is it about working with VR which appealed to you?

HK: The really exciting thing about virtual reality is that your brain works the same way as it does in reality. So you find yourself responding to something despite yourself, even though you know it’s not actually real. It’s completely immersive, which makes it such an exciting prospect for artists.

AK: You can make people feel as if they’re falling or make their heart beat faster and then feed those sensations back into the work, so there are creative possibilities which aren’t there in other mediums. In our works, the pieces exist more like installations, so you walk around inside the VR environment as if you’d walked into a film installation in a physical museum or gallery. The corridor and rooms themselves are computer generated, but we’ve slipped our film work into them as if they were actual spaces.

Will you be there to guide people as they cross into this virtual world?

AK:  The software we’re using is actually quite minimal; it can be used on a phone with a folded cardboard headset. So I don’t know how much we’ll need to describe the experience in advance. Just by looking and moving your head you quickly get a sense of being in a three-dimensional space.

HK: We wanted to cut down on the number of choices the viewer made because it can get in the way. So you approach the doors and they open, rather than it being this game of how do I turn the handle? That’s not our interest in VR at present, it’s more about presenting the films within the virtual space as artworks.

So which artists’ work will be on show?

AK: At the Stroud end are three artists: Joanna Greenhill, Helen Kincaid and myself. We created the pieces collaboratively and there’s one room which offers an immersive, 360-degree sense of glimpsed woods, a driving film which features audio by electronic duo Near Future and a piece of work filmed at WSP textile factory in Stroud. Works on the theme of water by Carl Slater and Donna Howard from KARST in Plymouth, are sited at the other end of the corridor, so by travelling from one to the other you know you’ve arrived in a different place.

HK: We’re delighted with the result, but it’s still at the research and development stage at present and Corridor is really a prototype. The next stage will be to invite other artists in to work within the space – or even change it completely. The possibilities are boundless!

Corridor will be on show as part of SITE Festival 2017 at Knapp House Barn, The Vatch, Slad, GL6 7JZ on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 11am - 4pm. To hear more from this conversation, visit the SITE Resound Radio podcast page at sitefestival.org.uk/resoundradio.

Rupert Howe is a freelance writer based in Stroud whose work has appeared in Q, Esquire and numerous now-defunct magazines, including The Face

The Women's Art Activation System presents: Stroud Wikithon

Joy Batchelor, halasandbatchelor.co.uk
  • Do you know of women, past or present who have contributed to the arts in Gloucestershire?
  • Do you want to spend an hour, or several, working towards gender balance in the historical record as presented in Wikipedia?
  • Do you want to learn about how Wikipedia works?
  • Do you want to learn to edit Wikipedia?
  • Do you want to celebrate and encourage women’s creativity?

 The Women’s Art Activation System (a recently formed Stroud-based collective) will be hosting a Wikithon from 10am-4pm on Wednesday 8th March, International Women’s Day at Atelier Textile & Craft Club. They are looking for women to write about and need local historians and sources to let them know about the hidden talents in Gloucestershire past and present. This all-day event is designed to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and encourage women and girls in Gloucestershire to learn to edit Wikipedia. It will be child-friendly and free to take part. Drop in for a short while or stay all day - bring suggestions and reference material, learn to edit Wikipedia, help others to learn and discover local women artists you may not have heard about!

May Morris

May Morris

What will the Wikithon Involve?

The Wikithon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments. People of all backgrounds and technical abilities are very warmly welcomed to take part. A gong will sound each time some information is added and a mini training session takes place hourly so you can drop in and pick up the tasks throughout the day.

Inequality on Wikipedia

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors are female. This lack of female participation and other factors have led to an alarming shortage of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool. 

Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia. Since 2014, over 280 Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving an estimated 4,600 articles. Other participants in this project include The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Britain and a host of other arts institutions large and small.

The Inaugural Stroud Wikithon is organised by Katharina Child, Deborah Abramson, Uta Baldauf, Sharon Bennett, and Sarah Dixon as part of the new Women’s Art Activation System. Follow them on facebook  and the facebook event page here for further info.

Professional Photography For Artists!

On Saturday the 4th February professional photographer Katie Jane Watson will be setting up in Studio One at Pegasus Art to take pictures of local artists work.

Nicola Grellier, nicolagrellier.co.uk

Katie shoot's tethered so pictures can be seen as she is photographing (colour correct images).
Bookings in half an hour slots (approx. 10 paintings can be photographed in this time). Just £10 per picture, with a discount for more than 10 images. Hi res jpegs supplied via wetransfer following shoot...
Booking is essential, please contact Katie on 07941181498 or email katiejane.watson@yahoo.co.uk

Katie also contributes to Good On Paper, most recently the filming and editing of GOP TV:Why Art? a series of 'interview shorts' with local artists. See the films at goodonpaper.info/film
 

Gallery: Good On Paper @ The Prince Albert 7th Jan 2017

We would  like to extend a huge thanks to the artists who performed and the people who came to our party at the Prince Albert last month, together we raised one thousand pounds for Stroud Women’s Refuge and Rodborough Playgroup

There are further GOP events in the works but until then see below for images of the night by Fred Chance , James Kriszyk and Ben Peer...

© Fred Chance, fredchance.co.uk

© James Kriszyk, kriszyk.com

Andy Lovell 'Shifting' Exhibition By Sarah Edmonds

A few weeks before agreeing to write this piece, I spent an evening at The Painswick Hotel (winner of the Sunday Times Travel section 'Hotel of the Year 2016'). Hanging above the fireplace in the snug room, were two beautiful prints of local scenes, depicted in subtle greens and greys. I had been admiring Andy Lovell prints without even knowing it...

When we meet today at the Museum in the Park, Andy’s prints look fresh and vibrant, in contrast to the dreary, grey skies outside. The spacious gallery is buzzing with Stroud College art students, happily sketching Andy’s work. There is a gentle hum of creativity.

Shifting is a culmination of three year’s work – taken from hundreds of drawings made en plein air, all over the country (Norfolk, Gloucestershire, Cornwall, London) and boiled down to sixty four stunning monotypes and screenprints ‘taken from land, the sea and all in between.’ All limited edition pieces, each one unique, prices range from £240 to £1,400 – they are wonderful, affordable and covetable.

The title of this exhibition reflects Andy’s own artistic journey – his drive to draw and paint, using a multitude of skills acquired from a career in illustration and image making. There is plenty of texture and movement in his work and the use of colour is sensitive, sometimes bold and always considered - layer upon layer of subtleties.

“I got obsessed with the trees on my daily dog walk – they turned into a series of six very large works entitled ‘Arboreal’ (I – VI). Even on grey, dingy days, the colour of the bark was luminous, almost fluorescent. I felt compelled to try to convey the power and might of these enormous trees through isolating and abstracting them - I was drawn to the exposed trunks that resemble dinosaur feet.”

Trees, of all size and shape, are certainly a strong theme throughout this exhibition. Walking Wood portrays neat avenues of birch, standing to attention like dutiful soldiers. There is a drama between the symmetrical man made planting of these tall trees and the untamed landscape beyond. In Early Morning Mist the full and conical trees shiver in the cold morning fog, while the Norfolk Trees are Van Gogh-esque with their swirling arms and brooding skies.

There is plenty here to connect you to Stroud and its surroundings – Dusk, Rodborough Fort is my patch and a favourite walking spot, Sunset Swifts Hill in glorious Slad and Woodchester Woodwind (selected for the RWA Open 2016) all evoke treasured places right on our doorstep. And of course, the much loved Giffords Circus.

Andy tells me he had a lot of fun spending four days watching rehearsals before the Giffords Season this Summer. He recalls an interesting meeting with the acrobats, before sketching The Aerialists – two bendy Americans chat and limber up simultaneously, one bringing her leg right up to her ear! Wondering at their death defying feats and inspired by the originality and skill of the rest of the troupe has resulted in four stunning works, full of movement and energy. Many of these prints have sold already – grab yours while you still can. (£240 unframed for Yee ha and The Aerialists and £750 for Jack and Cartuchio, Line Dance and Jack and Cartuchio, Dosey Doe) 20% of the sale proceeds go to the Giffords Circus Arts Foundation.

One of the young students approaches Andy cautiously, “Please may I have your autograph?” Andy is charming and courteous, asks for his name and duly signs his name on a postcard. “I love how you’ve used your finger prints in this painting,” he continues, pointing at Mansions of Summer Shade. What a treat for these students to meet the artist himself, who can explain first-hand how he created each artwork. Andy describes the process of painting straight onto a plate, using castors from an old chair to create the vertical uprights of the tree trunks, and his finger prints providing the abstracted leaves and texture. The acid yellow colour is Chartreuse Yellow.

Indeed in Jack and Cartuchio, Dosey Doe Andy used his fist and wrists to move the paint around. In two display cases, you can see the artist’s tools – useful for those, like me, who are curious about the processes involved. Other artist tools include; Intaglio etching ink, castors, turpentine, toothbrushes, palette knives, make up remover pads, lip salve, wire wool, acrylics, finest acrylic ink, lots of paint brushes, sketchbooks….and a corkscrew! (thrown in for good measure.)

Andy’s practice combines working from his studio at home and the well equipped print studios at the GPC (Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative), at Griffin Mill Trading Estate. “It’s a rare and wonderful thing to have the use of traditional printing presses with facilities for lithography, screen printing, letterpress, etching and so on. There’s a physicality to printing, I’m an impatient artist – I want to get things down quickly. When you peel the ghost print off the plate, it’s incredibly exciting.” And if he needs extra supplies and art materials, he just has to run upstairs to Pegasus Art, “Their joie de vivre is infectious. All I can hear from downstairs is laughter. Many of the staff are artists so they know their stuff,” he concludes.

Make the journey to Museum in the Park before 4th December and you won’t be disappointed. You will also have the chance to see his cityscapes of Balham and Clapham tube stations, Victoria Station Departures and the 17.47 from Victoria in the new Pavilion – a fantastic new exhibition and learning space in the delightful garden.

Andy also recently appeared in the GOP TV: Why Art? series; interview shorts with Stroud based artists in their studios filmed and edited by Katie Jane Watson. Click here to watch the film!

Sarah Edmonds is an Italian graduate from University College London, where she also studied History of Art and a short course at Slade School of Fine Art. She's been a tour guide in Tuscany and now works in marketing for Pegasus Art in Thrupp - supplier of Fine Art materials. @SarahWordBird

Donnelly Sisters Art Agency

Image by James Kriszyk

Image by James Kriszyk

Donnelly Sisters is a new artist agency founded by sisters Kirsty and Katy Donnelly representing talented contemporary artists from across the disciplines: sculptors, painters, designers, photographers, fine artists and live performers.

Based in Stroud former TV producer Kirsty and ex-recruitment consultant Katy are passionate about the talent they represent and are keen to create a collaborative and comfortable base for their clients. With their agency they will support, develop and generate sales for local talent, as well as artists from further afield...

The sister duo are celebrating the launch of their company with a pop up gallery in Bedford Street hoping to bring a fresh new approach to the traditional gallery look, creating a 'New York loft apartment' feel with three floors full of art together with a bar and music.

Featured artists include Abigail Fallis, James Kriszyk, Tamzin Malleson-Mason, Colin Glen, Elle Kaye, Beatrice Brown, Marcus Walters, Daniel Sparkes, Sam MarshLorraine Robbins and Sean Heather.

Opening on Sat 19th November from 10am-5pm they will be selling a series of original works – one off prints, paintings and sculptures. 

There will be an opening night for prints on the 2nd December and from the 3rd December they will be selling affordably priced prints every weekend in the run up to Christmas Eve.

For further information contact donnellysisters@gmail.com and follow them on their facebook page facebook.com/donnellysisters for news and updates!

 

 

Sophie Ryder Exhibition @ Wetpaint Gallery by Sarah Edmonds

Following her recent talk at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Sophie Ryder is currently exhibiting at Wetpaint Gallery until 29th October. Her new book, A Life in Sculpture is a sumptuous and weighty tome dedicated to her craft and lifelong passion for artistic endeavour – it is available to buy for £25, along with mugs and tote bags for a special keepsake or Christmas gift.

Following her hugely successful solo exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral in July this year, her work has become more recognisable and sought after than ever. Her monumental pieces, some life size, some as big as a house,drew crowds to the grounds of the equally impressive cathedral and spire. “I get a thrill from working ‘big' " the artist says, often working in the open air from dawn until dusk.

Ryder is best known for her wire sculptures of mythical creatures, hares and hybrid beings sculpted in affectionate poses, often hugging and bound together. They are imaginary, magical and often humorous depictions of relationships and emotions. If you are a local, you may be familiar with The Hare and the Minotaur that stands on Cheltenham Promenade and Paintpots outside the New Brewery Arts Centre in Cirencester. Although her signature Lady-Hares tower over public spaces in Chicago, Vancouver and Palm Desert, she is a Cotswolds artist, and we have claimed her as our own!

What a joy, then, to find her work at Wetpaint Gallery in Chalford. Her work is so immediately appealing – her figures half human, half ‘being’, loveable, huggable, vulnerable creatures that you want to take home and care for. Giclee prints start at a very reasonable £180 and are surely a shrewd investment (I am tempted) whilst larger pieces such as Rising – a gorgeous, crouching hare with a rust patina, are ‘price on application’. There are plenty of loveable hounds to see – animals have been central to Sophie’s life from her earliest childhood memories, indeed she has five lurchers of her own. Me and my Five Babies a lanky lurcher with five baby minotaurs on his back, Pedro a dog sculpted from steel wire and Sitting Horse Miniature bronze, are full of character, about to run out of the gallery and across the open fields.

This exhibition shows the extensive range of her work, the breadth of materials she uses and the varied scale of her work. Peak inside a cabinet and admire a collection of adorable bronze miniatures (starting at £540), marvel at her ‘wire drawings’ that at once look like charcoal sketches and relief sculpture, enamel paintings onto stone, wire sculpture, charcoal and pastel drawings on a large scale Hugging on Top, giclee prints - Three Blue Egyptian Ladies catches my eye, bronze plaques and a series of more colourful prints depicting The Lovers priced at £250.  

How clever that she has created a signature theme that runs throughout her distinctive work – instantly recognisable and covetable. “As a child I loved Picasso’s Minotaurs, but I developed mine to be a partner to the Lady-Hare, so he’s less sexually threatening. Mine is strong, loving and protective, and can even be a bit camp.” The human part of Lady Hare is based on Sophie’s own form. More recent wire sculptures include huge clasped hands and feet thrusting skywards.

Sophie is one of the leading female artists of our time and the youngest student to be accepted to the Royal Academy Schools since Turner. She came to early prominence in 1984 when she exhibited at Christie’s Pick of New Graduate Art Show, and began working at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in ’86 – a pivotal moment in her career. She admired Henry Moore’s monumental bronzes in the landscape itself, the work of Barbara Hepworth and Frink’s striding figures – it helped her to understand and experiment with scale.

Landscape and nature became so important that she relocated to Gloucestershire and has since spent her career exploring different media; print, drawing, tapestry, wire mesh with wet plaster embossed with machinery parts, sheet steel, stained glass and even old toys. 

Visitors can enjoy an insight into the creative process of this artist through her book and exhibited work. Seemingly indifferent to market trends, she continues to be prolific in her work. For Sophie, making art is less of a profession and more of a compulsion. Luckily for us, she shows no signs of slowing down, so we can look forward to many more exhibitions!

The exhibition runs until Sat 29th October, visit wetpaintgalleryonline.com for further info. Sophie will also be doing a book signing at Waterstones in Cirencester on Thursday 17th November at 7pm. Tickets available directly from Waterstones on 01285 658998.

Sarah Edmonds is an Italian graduate from University College London, where she also studied History of Art and a short course at Slade School of Fine Art. She's been a tour guide in Tuscany and now works in marketing for Authentic Adventures, a travel company based in Stonehouse that specialises in painting holidays.

Stroud Book Festival: Illustration Exhibition

As part of this year's first ever Stroud Book Festival children’s book illustrators  Hannah Shaw, Tom Percival, Rebecca Ashdown, Martha Lightfoot and Mina May will be showing some of their work as a backdrop to the talks and events held in the George Room at the Subscription Rooms. The exhibition runs from Friday 11th November (with an opening event at 6pm) until Saturday 26th November.

They will also be appearing at the festival with a series of workshops and talks. See below and stroudartsfestival.org for further info!

Hannah Shaw - hannahshawillustrator.co.uk 

Book Festival Event: Stan Stinky (workshop), The Museum in the Park, Sat 19th Nov @ 11am. Tickets £2 / Bear On A Bike (workshop), The Museum in the Park, Sun 20th Nov @ 11am. Tickets £2 (Age 3-7)

Tom Percival - tom-percival.com

Book Festival Event: Little Legends - Let's Make and Tell A Digital Story! (workshop), The Subscription Rooms, Sat 19th Nov @ 3:30pm. Tickets £4/£2 (Ages 5-9)

Rebecca Ashdown - rebeccaashdown.me

Book Festival Event: The Glump and The Peeble (workshop) with Wendy Meddour, The Museum in the Park, Sat 12th Nov @ 2pm. Tickets £2 (Ages 5-9)

Martha Lightfoot - marthalightfoot.com

Book Festival Event: Make Your Own Stand Up Creatures! (workshop), The Museum in the Park, Sat 12th Nov @ 11am. Tickets £2 (Age 5+)

Mina Maywendymeddour.wordpress.com/welcome/illustrations-2

Book Festival Event: A Family Business? (talk) with Mina's mother - author Wendy Meddour, Sat 19th Nov @ 6pm. Tickets £4/£2

Gallery Pangolin: Synthesis by Sarah Edmonds

Jon Buck: Fruiting Body, Almuth Tebbenhoff: Moonrise, Eilis O'Connell: Gourd Form, Lynn Chadwick: Detector

Gallery Pangolin has a unique gallery setting, tucked away in the village of Chalford, on an old Victorian industrial site and working foundry. As I drive through the gates, I can see a giant sculpture of an open hand guarding the doorway of an enormous warehouse, there are unfinished pieces lurking in sheds, men and women in dusty red boiler suits move large moulds here and there, the familiar hum of circular saws is the daily soundtrack. There’s a creative energy here.

Pangolin Editions is a world class foundry and the gallery is a showcase for the unique and excellent work being created here. Celebrating twenty five years, it strives to exhibit the very best sculpture in the UK. Famous ‘alumni’ include Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst.

The current exhibition takes its name from the synthesis of four female and four male sculptors, whose abstract and tactile exhibits offer a fresh and inspiring exposition. The gallery is as it should be, a spartan, peaceful environment in which to showcase each beautiful piece, some colourful, some smooth, others rough and spikey. Stretching our conceptual imagination, the three bronzes of Peter Randall-Page appear as intestinal, swirling and other worldly. His sketches Walnut 1 and Walnut IV conjure naturalistic forms.

I reach out to touch Jon Buck's playful Fruiting Body bronze, with electric orange painted patina. Polymorph is a little beast that is about to scuttle off the table. Symphysis is equally tactile, and accompanying prints I want, want, want. Simple, graphic shapes that are contemporary and would look relevant in any home.

The work of Lynn Chadwick is exquisite. A sculptor who lived locally, he is in the stable of artists who are consistently shown at Pangolin. He began sculpting at the age of thirty five, and only six years later won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale 1956, pipping Giacometti to the post. His spiky, angular abstractions are here to see, with all their tactile marks, a style that became his signature and is much admired the world over. Detector has a dalek like presence, it makes me smile – although I’m not sure why and Pyramid 1966 stands firm in the centre of the gallery, holding its own. Lion 1 guards the gallery like a boisterous pet, sculpted from stainless steel, who will always wear his shiny silver coat and never grow old.

Ann Christopher: The Dark Is Equal To The Light, John Hoskin: Bronce Piece I, Peter Randall-Page: Bronze Piece II, Charlotte Mayer: Spiral Form

Charlotte Mayer's work is elegant, thin swooshes of bronze, light as air, holding no weight in complete contrast to Bucks weighty pieces, proving the versatility of this medium. Cleverly entitled Release III and Release IV these feathery, twisting pieces could float away. Spiral Form is mesmerising in its hypnotic swirling wheel, drawing you in for a closer look.

Gourd Form and Kidney by Eilis O’Connell are immediately tactile. The gallery assistant allows me to stroke the smooth patina of Gourd Form (it won’t stain) as if stroking the cheek of a lover – they take on vital human form both physically and somehow emotionally. Sublime Geometry is kept on Cath’s desk – it’s her favourite piece and she likes to keep it close by!

The work of John Hoskin is something different all together. It’s industrial, masculine, sculpted with an engineers eye. Scaled down studies for grand high rise buildings perhaps. Ann Christopher explores both horizontal and vertical length in her work – gorgeous Resting Line represents such simplicity, it is immaculate and orderly. The Dark is Equal to Light has a phallic, symbolic presence – a monument to bronze.

Finally, the works of Almuth Tebbenhoff are sculpted from marble, ceramic and bronze with unusual sketches representing the complete range of her skill. Giocoliere and Moonrise delicately sit in the 3D opaque beauty, creating their own little shadows. They at once evoke delicacy and gravitas.

Sculpture is an art form that is tangible, often used as a bold expression or declaration of honour. Barbara Hepworth writes, “I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space” and it’s that intensity that guests to this exhibition can capture.

Synthesis runs until 21st October, Mon - Fri 10am till 6pm and Sat 10am till 1pm. Visit www.gallery-pangolin.com for further info. You can also see a selection of sculptures as part of the opening of the Walled Garden at the Museum in the Park until the end of December.

Sarah Edmonds is an Italian graduate from University College London, where she also studied History of Art and a short course at Slade School of Fine Art. She's been a tour guide in Tuscany and now works in marketing for Authentic Adventures, a travel company based in Stonehouse that specialises in painting holidays.

Sir Peter Blake Exhibition @ Wetpaint Gallery by Sarah Edmonds

There is now only one week left to see an exhibition of rare and popular prints by Sir Peter Blake, ‘the Godfather of British Pop Art’ at the Wetpaint Gallery in Chalford.

100 Sources of Pop Art

100 Sources of Pop Art

Blake is best known for creating the sleeve for the Beatles album cover Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It has become an iconic piece of work, much imitated, and catapulted Blake into the heart of the swinging sixties London art scene. America has Warhol and we are proud to have Blake.

The exhibition is a riot of colour, contemporary and relevant to both young and old, pops of colour on a grey day in Stroud. His signature icons and pop ephemera are still evident, collage, portraits in poster style with titles as quirky as his work, Thor the Enforcer, one of the portraits of his much loved wrestlers and Getting In Over My Head, the artwork for the 5th studio album by Brian Wilson. I’m struck by how accessible the work is for an artist with such a pedigree. Glittery union jacks could hang on any wall, Beano collages that make you smile.

I’m drawn to 100 Sources of Pop Art – the largest piece in the exhibition, a limited edition silk screen with diamond dust, glitter and glazes depicting one hundred pop icons and prints that have inspired his work. Sadly it’s price on application, but it won’t fit in my car anyhow. Prices start at just £795 and each and every piece must surely be a collector’s item.

Getting In Over My Head and Union Jack

A graduate of the prestigious Royal College of Art, Blake received a CBE in 1983, and was knighted in 2002. He was a West Country resident for a time, living near Bath, but now lives in London where he’s still painting.

An old friend of Blakes, Jinty Stephenson, recently sold a piece of his work for £350,000 having paid for it in instalments in the 60’s - £3 every Saturday when they met at the pub each week. She was a fellow art student and a bit strapped for cash!

Celia Wickham, director of the Wetpaint Gallery Online is one of the energetic pioneers of contemporary art in the area, bringing the very highest quality exhibitions to her Chalford gallery which is situated directly opposite the Lavender Bakehouse. Wetpaint moved here from Cirencester at the end of last year, and we can expect to see exciting monthly exhibits. The backbone of her business is now online where she hopes to develop her portfolio of high profile clients.

The artistic community in Stroud never rests on its laurels – it’s an exciting place to live if you love art, thanks to people like Celia who bring international artists right to our doorstep.

The exhibition is on now and runs until Sat 1st October; visit www.wetpaintgalleryonline.com for further info...

What’s coming up next at Wetpaint…

A Life in Sculpture - Talk and book signing with Sophie Ryder - 15th October 2017

From Cheltenham to Chalford – following her talk at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, sculptress Sophie Ryder joins Celia Wickham at the Wetpaint Gallery to discuss her new book “A Life in Sculpture”. Best known locally for her wire sculptures of mythical creatures, hares and hybrid beings she will share secrets of her inspiration and fascinating life. An exhibition of her work will be at Wetpaint from 6th – 29th October.

Sarah Edmonds is an Italian graduate from University College London, where she also studied History of Art and a short course at Slade School of Fine Art. She's been a tour guide in Tuscany and now works in marketing for Authentic Adventures, a travel company based in Stonehouse that specialises in painting holidays.

 

The Creative Network

The Creative Network is a new not-for-profit organisation based in Stroud delivering CPD and a supportive network for anyone working in the creative and cultural sectors. 

The group will run every six weeks from the Museum in the Park with the first one due to be launched this Wednesday 7th September at 10:30am.

Each meet features a training seminar by industry expert Abbi Kirby and will include a discussion of the sector and thinking tasks for each creative, plus opportunities for strategic planning, help building resilience and confidence boosting opportunities.  The group will also offer peer-to-peer support, networking opportunities, feedback and access to low-cost advice clinics. 

If you are a start-up, self-employed, freelancer, or employee seeking to engage in the business dimensions of your work then the Creative Network is where you belong...

The group costs just £25 per mont, further details can be found on facebook and  www.creativenetwork.org.uk

Shelfware @ the Line Gallery by Leah Grant

Rather than showcasing a single piece of work, one that has reached its creative conclusion and which the viewer often interprets with little to no contextual history, Shelfware – currently on display at SVA’s Line Gallery – invites visitors to probe through the workbooks and notebooks of a variety of different artists, revealing ideas that are both partially created and wholly concluded.

Guest co-curated by Ed Davenport, James A. Holliday, Edward Lawrenson and Sam Marsh, this fascinating new exhibition presents a diverse array of records in the form of professionally printed and handmade books, sketchpads, folders and even a newspaper, allowing visitors to consider the various methods utilised by artists and writers when creating and showcasing new work.

It’s clear that memory is a factor that the curators are keen to highlight in Shelfware (particularly in the exhibition’s literature, where the filmic work of Alain Resnais is discussed), this has led to the decision to transform Line Gallery into a library, a place where visitors are actively encouraged to remove books from their shelves and read at their leisure. This unique form of presentation stresses the importance of the library as a place of learning; in this particular embodiment, the idea that memories can be extracted and stored for the future reference of their creator as well as a means of discovery for others, also emphasises the significance of the library in terms of collective growth and posterity.    

“The term ‘Shelfware’ is slang for something destined to live on the shelf never to be looked at and is a comment on the social sea change towards the use of the Internet over libraries.” – Sam Marsh

Everyone involved in Shelfware should be applauded for their bravery – an artist’s workbook is extremely personal, a form of experimentation and development that is not often created with public consumption in mind. Like the finished creations that are also on display here (as well as the vast array of artist books pilfered from the curators’ own collections), a large piece of the creator has been exposed and we should treat this as both a rare opportunity to delve deeper into the mind-set of Stroud’s upcoming creative talent as well as a chance to consider our own part in the unfortunate demise of the traditional library in the 21st century.

Shelfware is open on Saturdays 11am - 4pm until the 28th August. www.linegallery.co.uk

Leah Grant is a writer and photographer with a keen interest in art and literature. On her blog, Bellyful of Art, you can find reviews of exhibitions, installations, dance performances and literary events as well as her own lovingly created pieces of short fiction artbellyful.wordpress.com

TOTO Design Collective: Pop Up Store

Pop up shops have dramatically changed the landscape of Stroud High Street in the last few years, brilliantly utilising the ever increasing empty shops to create a platform and temporary exhibition spaces for independent local artists.

From Stroud Valley Artspace's regular exhibitions at the old Millets shop and their ongoing Meanwhile project (which includes Up This Way in Merrywalks Shopping Centre and Sally Hampson's Weaving Shed at 29 High Street), to Clay Sinclair's popup gallery at number 48 High Street and Gemma Kay Waggett's Nothing But Navy it continues to showcase the towns burgeoning arts scene whilst offering a stark contrast to high street chains and pound shops... 

This month TOTO Design Collective; a Stroud based group of designers, artists and craft workers have taken up residence in the Old Eclipse shop at no 39 King Street to show a selection of interiors, textiles, sculpture and paintings. Open for just two weeks it features work by Tony Hunt (structural engineer turned painter), Polly Lyster (hand dyed textiles), Kim Francis (sculptor), Adele Bond-Powell (seamstress working with antique fabrics), Joe Lyster (lighting designer), Ioni Lyster (designer and artist) and Isabel Lyster (puppetry and mobiles). 

Witnessing their collection of uniquely different works in such an unconventional setting truly allows you to see them in a different light, and upon entering a pop up shop it does feel special in someway - knowing you might be visiting something for the first and last time...

The pop up store is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm until Saturday 2nd July. Follow the collective on facebook and instagram - for further information call them on 01453 885 036 / 07828671383

Pop on in.

 

 

Big Heart - Calling All Art Lovers!

Artists and Celebrities are creating artwork in support of Longfield’s art for health community programme. Now you have the chance to bid for your own piece of art through the Big Heart Secret Art Auction!

The Big Heart art auction is returning for a second year to raise vital funds to support the programme. Last year more than 100 specially-commissioned pictures were sent to Longfield and sold on eBay in a secret auction! This year even more artists and celebrities are taking part...

To add some excitement and to help raise more funds the individual artist's identity will remain a secret until after the auction has finished! Each piece of art is signed on the back by the artist, so that their identity remains secret until the end of the auction. 

If you are an artist, and would like to submit a piece follow this link to request a Big Heart pack.

The Big Heart Auction will open on-line on eBay on Tuesday 22nd November till Thursday 1st December. You can keep up to date with the latest news and see the artwork on Instagram, twitter  and facebook. To receive an email notification when the exhibitions and auction goes live, email bigheart@longfield.org.uk.

Big Heart Exhibition Roadshow

Big Heart will take to the road in October staging workshops and exhibitions to shout about the power of art for our well-being. This is also where you will have your chance to see the artworks in the flesh at one of 7 exhibitions before they go live at the auction. 

The dates are:

October 22-23 The Garden Gallery, Montpellier, Cheltenham / October 27-28 Regent Arcade, Cheltenham /November 5-6 Museum in the Park, Stroud /November 7-11 Corinium Museum, Cirencester /November 14-20 Gloucester Cathedral /November 21-25 The Wilson, Cheltenham /December 1 Longfield, Burleigh Lane, Minchinhampton

Longfield is a charity which provides care for people in Gloucestershire with life-limiting illnesses, and their families. It has a day therapy service, outreach activity such as art for health and a hospice at home service. Registered Charity Number 298627.

Stroud College Students Fashion Show by Rebecca Farrell

Stroud College Fashion students host their end of year Fashion Show at Rush Skate Park in Brimscombe on Monday 13th June showcasing their unique collection of garments. After three months of hard work these exclusive styles will be taking centre stage, and you will have the opportunity to have front row viewing of the impressive conceptual themes that each student has designed.

The show will have a compelling ambiance of inspiration, energy and festivity. It will be a celebration and farewell before the fashion students move on to thrive in higher education and work. "The fashion course at Stroud is very innovative and exciting; it has pushed me further in my skills and ambitions. I am looking forward to starting university next year, where I am studying Costume Construction at the Royal Central Drama School in London. A university I never thought I would have got accepted into without the support of the tutors at SGS" Rosie Holditch ,18

If you are interested in a private preview, come to our Private Exhibition on the 10th June, 6-9pm. Tickets for the Fashion Show are just £6 (adults) and £4.50 (concessions/students)  and are available to buy at the College, Stratford Road, Stroud (between 12:30-2pm and 3:30-5pm).

Visit the facebook event page here for further information.

Studying Fashion at Stroud campus, helped me recognise and understand my strengths and interests. With the support that has been given by the lecturers, I have finally discovered what I want to do next year; Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College...

Rebecca Farrell is currently in her last year of studying fashion at Stroud College, we wish her good luck in her future ventures!

Fred Chance and David Corio: Keeping Time

This Friday 27th May sees the opening of the 'Keeping Time' exhibition at the Museum in the Park, bringing together for the first time a series of remarkable black and white images of renowned musicians by photographers Fred Chance and David Corio. 

Choosing images to accompany this month's feature proved to be a truly difficult task so we've put up another selection from the exhibition for you below...

Fred Chance:

Courtney Pine, Bruce Springsteen, David Crosby, Pee Wee Ellis, Debbie Harry

David Corio:

Sun Ra, Prince, Miles Davis, Nick Cave, Joe Strummer

Pick up this month's issue (June - out now) for an interview with Fred and David by Rebecca Mills. The exhibition runs until Sunday 26th June, further collections of their work can be found on www.fredchance.co.uk and www.davidcorio.com